More than a copula

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This paper aims to provide an analysis of the construction consisting of theclitic se and the copula estar ‘beESTAR’ followed by an adjective (estarse + A) inSpanish. Combining the clitic with the copula triggers two changes in ‘estar + A’predicates: first, it modifies the eventive structure and, as a consequence, acomplex event is obtained that consists of an achievement followed by a resultstate; and second, it modifies the thematic role of the subject entity from themeto agent by increasing its degree of involvement in the event. This effect of theclitic is not limited to the copula estar ‘beESTAR’, but rather there is a parallel inother predicates with consumption verbs such as comer ‘to eat’ and movementverbs such as salir ‘to leave’.


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